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Thursday, June 27, 2019

ADK Shakes Shakespeare Performances Returning

After a one year hiatus, Adirondack Shakespeare Company, known locally as ADK Shakes, is returning to the mountains with new experiences, a professional cast, and performances of Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. According to Artistic Director Tara Bradway, the professional theatre troupe is presenting six performances from July 31-August 4. “We just moved to New York City for new jobs and used the time to look toward the future,” Bradway said. “We were able to see a lot of Shakespeare in the city, making us realize how much we wanted to be able to continue to bring good art >>More

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Experiences of Age Groups Born from 1936-1955 in the Adirondacks

A further examination of Adirondack Park population trends brings us to age group analysis. The two previous population articles looked at long-term trends from 1970-2010 and short-term trends from 2000-2010. U.S. Census data have shown that the population in 61 Adirondack Park Towns 100% within the Blue Line grew at a higher rate than that of New York State, though it lagged behind most other similar rural areas. While these comparisons to state and national trends are useful, they do not tell the full story about what’s happening inside Adirondack population trends. The full story is revealed by studying the >>More

Monday, June 24, 2019

Independence Day Weekend at Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga is set to celebrate Independence Day with special events and programming during an extended holiday weekend, July 4-7, 2019. Fort Ticonderoga is the very ground on which the American Revolution occurred. Over the Fourth of July Weekend museum staff and costumed interpreters will recreate and explore the events of the year 1777. On display during this extended Independence weekend only, will be two original documents from the summer of 1776 that provide a glimpse into the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration is one of history’s most significant documents, establishing the United States of America and providing a model >>More

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Kelly Metzgar on LGBTQ Pride Month

June is LGBT Pride Month, a time when LGBTQI+ community members, family, friends and advocates acknowledge and celebrate the gift of diversity that is unique to each of us. Many municipalities host “Pride Parades” where LGBTQI+ community members outwardly profess their rights to live freely and openly as themselves. This is also a time to acknowledge the many accomplishments of LGBTQI+ community members both past and present as well as mark strides in our current social/political arenas. LGBTQ Pride has its roots in the historic Stonewall Riots of June 28, 1969, 50 years ago. The multi-day uprising that occurred at >>More

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Keene Living History Website Goes Online

On Saturday, June 15, the Keene Valley Library welcomed 35 members of the public to celebrate the launch of myadirondackstory.org, a website for the multi-year history project Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are. Anyone with an internet connection can access the project’s collection of audio stories and related photographs. To date, the website hosts 34 accounts told by Keene residents about the rich social and cultural history of their community in New York State’s Adirondack Mountains. Keene Valley Library Association Director Karen Glass welcomed attendees in the Strickler Family Community Room, » Continue Reading. >>More

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Poetry: Adirondack Mountain Matins

  Adirondack Mountain Matins Tremulous aspen leaves applaud each breeze without discrimination Unseen hummingbird wing beats render human heartbeats both static and ecstatic by comparison Monarch caterpillars munch milkweed to make themselves toxic to predators These mountains are great grandparents to the far Himalayas and wear down slower than the novice monk’s stout will View original post.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Horse and Carriage Blocks Had Many Uses (Conclusion)

Because of their intended function, horse blocks were accessible to anyone and there was no reason to guard them — except for one night of the year. Pranksters annually targeted them in several ways on Halloween: flipping them if they were too heavy to carry off, piling several on the property of an unsuspecting owner, or placing them in unusual locations, like in the middle of road intersections. A drastic change in transportation technology — the automobile — marked the beginning of the end for horse travel and several related items that were present just about everywhere: horse blocks, hitching >>More

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sunday on Valcour Island, Lighthouse Tours

The Clinton County Historical Association will host “Sunday on Valcour Island” on Sunday, July 14th, 2019. The day include tours of the historic Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island. The trip requires the physical ability to disembark and board from the island’s natural landing, walking on uneven surfaces over rough terrain and climbing stairs. Round trip transportation will be provided for a fee of $25 each. The fee includes a trail guide and George Clifford’s Lake Champlain lighthouses: An illustrated guide to the historic beacons (2002). Lighthouse T-Shirts will also be on sale. The boat, which holds five people per >>More

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Guided Lake Champlain Bridge Walk, June 22

Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont, and Crown Point State Historic Site in Crown Point, New York are set to host a guided walk on Saturday, June 22 from 11 am to 1 pm. Site administrator Elsa Gilbertson (VT) and Lisa Polay, Crown Point site manager, will lead this “Points of Interest” guided bridge walk. Attendees will meet at the Crown Point State Historic Site museum on the New York foot of the bridge to start. Allow two hours for this walk back and forth on the bridge. Participants can learn about the historic and archaeological importance of >>More

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Historic 1930s Girl Scout Camp Reopens to Campers

After a decade of disuse, the 116-year-old National Historic Landmark on Eagle Island will again be a children’s summer camp. Eagle Island Camp is starting small and with two one-week sessions of day camp for 4th, 5th, or 6th graders. Eagle Island Camp is a Great Camp designed by architect William Coulter that contains some of his most notable rustic work. The 30-acre island is located below Upper Saranac Lake’s narrows east of Gilpin Bay. The camp was built in 1903 for Levi P. Morton, U.S. Vice President under Benjamin Harrison and later Governor of New York. Campers arriving at >>More